The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences invites the public to attend three stirring performances as part of its annual summertime Jazz Series. All performances take place on Sunday evenings, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
“Each summer, the LBIF presents national and international jazz artists in a fun, relaxed atmosphere where learning is listening,” said Jillian Schratz, LBIF membership and community coordinator. “The evenings begin with wine or a signature cocktail and snacks. Sara Michaels, jazz vocalist and Harvey Cedars resident, gives an introduction to get the audience tuned in to appreciate and enjoy the evening.”
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and include two drink tickets. (Beer or wine is one drink ticket, while signature cocktails are two drink tickets.) Student admission tickets are $10. Advance purchase, online at lbifoundation.org, is strongly encouraged.
Plates of “little bites” will be available for $5 at each event.
For the first performance, on July 1, LBIF will host The Sharon Sable and E. Shawn Qaissaunnee Quartet. As Schratz noted, “Sharon Sable and E. Shawn Qaissaunnee create a beautiful soundscape that is both bold and understated, appealing to music lovers of all kinds. The musical paths that have brought them together are rich and varied, weaving elements of jazz, world, pop and more into their memorable and engaging performances.”
Sable and Qaissaunnee will be joined by South Jersey bassist Andy Lalasis and drummer Larry Marshall for this show.
On July 15, The Sara Michaels Quartet, including nationally recognized jazz artists, will perform. “Sara Michaels is a storyteller with a background in spiritual music and musical theater,” Schratz explained. “With a love of history, she is fascinated with the origin of each song, the creative process of its roots, and how it connects to her own life story. Whether she is singing jazz standards from the Great America Songbook, her original tunes, or taking you back to the blues, Sara will bring you on a personal, intimate journey.”
And, on Aug. 12, see La Chanteuse, Miss Paula Johns, and the Dave Hartl Trio as they present “What’s it All About: A Tribute to Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick,” with songs such as “Alfie,” “What the World Needs Now,” “The Look of Love,” “I Say a Little Prayer” and many more. “The musicians,” said Schratz, “will recount the relationship between Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick, as well as the many other singers that Bacharach worked with throughout his amazing career.
“Sharing the stage in this presentation will be the Dave Hartl Trio, comprised of musical director Dave Hartl on piano, Andy Lalasis on bass, and Grant MacAvoy on drums.”
LBIF is located at 120 Long Beach Blvd. in Loveladies.
— Juliet Kaszas-Hoch